National Merit Scholarship Corp. recognizes handful of students

November 28, 2012

News sources report that independent, nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has recognized several high school students across the country for their academic achievements and commitment. The organization's website states that its goals are to honor students with academic potential, help further their education and provide management guidance for organizations that offer scholarships for college.

Founded in 1955, the NMSC has given more than $1.4 billion in financial aid for college to almost 3 million students.

Although he's only been named a semi-finalists for a NMSC scholarship, Plano Senior High School senior Achyuta Burra has already been offered a full scholarship to Arizona State University, according to a report from the Dallas News.

"It’s a really prestigious scholarship," the Texas resident told the news source. "Just by being a semifinalist, more colleges look at you and offer more assistance. I’ve had so many letters from colleges offering additional help."

The Dallas News said that Plano Senior High School has produced almost 130 National Merit semi-finalists this year, by far the most in the entire state of Texas. The organization selects candidates for scholarship money based on standardized test scores, and the source said that only the top 1 percent of high school students are considered.

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